Golden Boy

By SULLIVAN, Tara

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ISBN
978-0-399-16112-4
Publisher
Putnam


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2013  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 8 Up—Habo, 13, knows that his albinism makes him a zeruzeru, less than a person. His skin burns easily, and his poor eyesight makes school almost impossible. People shun or mock him. Unable to accept his son's white skin and yellow hair, his father abandoned the family, and they cannot manage their drought-ravaged farm in a small Tanzanian village. Habo and his mother, sister, and brother travel across the Serengeti to seek refuge with his aunt's family in Mwanza. Along the way, they hitch a ride with an ivory poacher, Alasiri, who kills elephants without remorse for the m...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on June 1, 2013

Habo is a zeruzeru -- an albino -- who believes it is his fault that his family was evicted from its farm outside of Arusha, Tanzania. On the road to Mwanza to live with relatives, the family falls in with an ivory poacher, Alasiri, who forces Habo and his brother to help with his grisly trade in exchange for a ride. Once in Mwanza, Habo's situation worsens: in the northern regions of Tanzania, superstition holds that the hands, legs, skin, and hair of a zeruzeru can be used to make powerful good-luck charms, and Alasiri tries to ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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